I have discovered the joy of wearing ballet flats. I’m a guy and I tried flats for the first time about 8 years ago, but in the interim more flats have been made that fit me (size 10 mens = 11.5-12 womens). I live where it’s hot and sandals aren’t all that practical all the time but flats provide foot coverage and a very comfortable environment. Easy to slip on and off and look great. Sadly, men haven’t adopted them, but I did talk to the people at Corso Como and they make the larger sizes in their flats knowing that some of them are sold to guys.
I have also had success at Barefoot Tess, DSW, eBay, Amazon and a couple other vendors. I now have about 25 pairs and wear them out about at least once a week…. sometimes more. Hardly anyone ever notices, but when they do it’s 95% positive. I dress like a guy in all other respects but have found I love wearing flats.
I’ve been to ground for a little while for a funeral and also an engagement (otherwise known as a whirlwind of emotion from all sides). Now Hurricane Sandy has arrived in Brooklyn, and my partner and I are hunkered down trying to squeeze the last little bits of internet access out of our computers before we lose power. If you’re in the same boat, here are some links! If you’re not in the path of the hurricane, hopefully these will prove a pleasant diversion for a Monday afternoon.
- Here’s an oldie but goodie from the Hairpin’s Scandals of Classic Hollywood series about Marlene Dietrich, including some really interesting thoughts about her gender presentation, as well as this gorgeous photo:
If you’re into that sort of thing, the entire “Scandals” collection is detailed, painstakingly researched, and fascinating.
I’m Sara Eileen, and I’ve just joined Genderplayful as a new blog editor. (We’re still looking for a few more blog editors, by the way; would you like to join me? Please get in touch with us!)
To start, here’s a little bit about me. I’m a color-obsessed, texture-loving compulsive crafter with a love of things that glitter, counterbalanced by a strong attraction to simplicity and a streak of butch identity that I’m still figuring out. I love layering different textures in the same color, mixing bright patterns together, wearing (and making) accessories, and I occasionally show up to places in sky-high leather heels. But then, I also spend a lot of my life in the same dark jeans, oversized button-front shirt and black motorcycle boots.
As a present to myself for my birthday last year, I ordered custom-color Converse sneakers, which is very easy to do and only a little more expensive than buying new, unmodified Converse: